Loggains: Cunningham's pylon dive 'heat of the moment' mistake
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains was asked to weigh in on the potential touchdown that turned into a touchback Sunday when Benny Cunningham dove for the pylon but lost the ball a split-second early.
"For all players, we talk about every Saturday in our situational stuff, we don't dive for the pylon unless it's fourth down and a goal-to-go situation," Loggains said of the third-and-13 play from the Packers' 25-yard line. "In that situation, it's going to be first-and-goal from the two. You don't have to do that. In the heat of the moment, we made a poor decision."
The original ruling was that Cunningham was out of bounds at the two. John Fox's decision to challenge was based on the belief that the Bears should have been awarded a touchdown because Cunningham had possession of the ball when it touched the pylon, and he was not out of bounds.
Loggains was not involved in the decision to challenge.
"At that time, I'm worried about the offense, worried about the spot and everything else," Loggains said. "I didn't know we challenged the play until the (challenge) flag was thrown."
Blame it on QB:
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky has taken 16 sacks for minus-95 yards while throwing 115 passes.
Before he was benched, Mike Glennon was sacked eight times while throwing 140 passes.
"Ball security is very important, so I'm just trying to take care of the football," Trubisky said. "But, at the same time, you want to stay aggressive. I think the O-line has been playing their butt off, and they've done a really good job in protection, so the sacks are more me holding on to the football than a breakdown in protection.
"I just have to continue to go through my progressions, get the ball out and find the check-downs. The more I play within the offense, I think you'll see growth and me getting the check-downs and getting the ball out of my hands. That's just where I need to take another step."
Trubisky has done a good job avoided sacks, throwing just 2, along with 3 TD passes. Glennon threw 5 picks and 4 TDs.
Coming up short:
Former Los Angeles Charger Dontrelle Inman emerged as a likely go-to receiver in his Bears debut Sunday with 6 catches for 88 yards on 8 targets.
"It's a big guy that was in the right spots," offensive coordinator Dowel Loggains said. "A calming presence for Mitchell (Trubisky). As the game went on, Mitchell's confidence with him grew, and confidence is only born from demonstrated ability. Mitchell needed to see the that. I wish we could have closed the game out."
Inman could not hold a high pass over the middle from Trubisky with 42 seconds left on third-and-10 that would have been a 20-plus-yard pickup and given the Bears a first down inside the Packers' 45-yard line.
"Dontrelle should have caught that ball," Loggains said. "We thought we were going to be in that game until the very end. Mitchell made a really good throw. We've got to continue to help him. Dontrelle is a guy who's going to help the passing game that way."
Cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee), tight end Dion Sims (illness) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (calf) did not practice.
Linebacker Sam Acho (shoulder), guards Tom Compton (ankle) and Kyle Long (finger), cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring) were limited.
Long was active Sunday, but he was available only for emergencies. He played one snap on a FG attempt.
"We just didn't have anybody else," Long said. "If everybody went down, I was the emergency guy. Just trying to help the team out when I couldn't help."
Sims missed all of last week, including Sunday's game and is "day-to-day," according to coach John Fox.
"I don't know the complete prognosis, but he is doing exercise," Fox said. "He's feeling better."
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